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I want to thank each one of you personally who voted for me in the Circle of Moms contest.  It ended last night, and I’m # 7 in their Top 25 contest again this year thanks to you.  I am overjoyed!  I don’t win any money, but I do gain a great group of new  people who look at my blog because of the list.  I also have made new blogging friends from last year when I was in the Top 25 for Foodie Moms.  Thank you again for your continued support.  I encourage you all to peek at the lists that Circle of Moms provides. There are some amazing moms out there blogging from home & creating masterpieces to share in the hopes that we’ll help you find healthier meal solutions.  We can’t do it without you so THANKS!

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Bentoriffic stars and hummus bento lunch

Miss G (my 4 year old) asked for stars in her Planetbox lunchbox today.   From the top left are cucumbers, cashews, grape tomatoes, and pistachios.  In the bottom right compartment are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels.  Miss G is crazy about peace signs so she requests them every week.  An organic plum is in the bottom corner and the green square silicone cup has chickpea hummus with a cucumber star on top.  Organic kiwi and carambola (star fruit) are in the bottom left and above are blueberries and an apple star cutout.  In the center is a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon.  Miss G loves the small portions and lots of variety.  Her lunchbox rarely comes home with food in it!
Bentoriffic stars and hearts snack bentoShe stays a bit longer in school some days so I send snacks with her.  In her LunchBots Duo.  On the left are local Minneola tangelos sliced and in the I Love U container are currants (small raisins).  In the right compartment is a pink heart full of cashews and half and apple with a star cutout.

Bentoriffic-Dr.Teeth & toothbrush bentoThe end of dental week is today at Miss A’s (my 3 year old) school.  I wanted to fit in a set of choppers with a toothbrush.  When I got done with this lunch it was NOT what it looked like in my head.  I wanted something cuter.  Instead it reminds me of Dr. Teeth or Janice from the Muppets in the 70s.  It’s still fun, and she giggled when she saw the crazy face so I guess it serves the purpose.  I used heart shaped silicone cups to fill for the eyes. Inside are plum sections topped with more cucumber stars.  The nose is made of a few dried apricots and the mouth is her sandwich on Rudi’s Organic Whole Wheat bread.  I used a lips cookie cutter and sliced the mouth in half.  The teeth are peeled apples cut into sections and soaked in citrus water and then towel dried and placed in the mouth.  I also hand cut an apple to make the toothbrush and then with a paring knife, sliced the skin off to make it look like white bristles.  The apple pieces also soaked in citrus water for 5-10 minutes.

Bentoriffic spinach & stars salad bento

My husband took some leftovers not worth photographing so I made him a salad to go along with his lunch.  Baby spinach leaves are at the bottom of his Easy Lunchboxes container topped off with the cucumber cutouts from Miss G & Miss A’s lunches, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery pieces down the middle.  In the top compartments are carambola (star fruit) and blueberries.  Everyone in our house takes a reusable bottle of ice water to go for the day.  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!

Things I used to make this lunch:

Heart fork picks

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Lunch can get boring for little kids so why not put it on a stick.   It’s amazing how they’ll eat something new just because it looks different.  I realized the other night that other than birthday parties, I’ve never done a lunch on skewers.

I used 8″ wooden skewers and broke them at the end to fit the size needed.  I made little square almond butter and agave sandwiches with grape tomatoes inbetween.  The fruit skewers on either side are green and red seedless grapes and raspberries.  At the top left are cashews and dried cranberries and the top right are snap peas and mini carrots packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For a snack at school today, Miss G has a butterfly container with mini carrots and one of the new Easy LunchBoxes Mini Dippers with almond butter for dipping.

Little Miss A has a smaller version of the same.  Her lunch includes blackberries too packed in a LunchBots Uno stainless container.

And another cashew and dried cranberries snack packed in the new Easy LunchBoxes Mini Dippers that are now available.

My husband had leftovers from last night’s dinner.   He has Hoppin John in the main compartment of his Easy LunchBoxes container, sugar snap peas at the top left and mini carrots in the top right compartment.  The green heart is Avocado Cucumber dressing.

  I have always been a fan of Hoppin’ John.  It’s a flavorful dish traditionally made with rice, black eyed peas and ground beef  or bacon served often in the Southern United States on New Year’s Day.  I found this recipe for the plant based, meatless and healthier version on a website I admire by Chef Cathy Fisher and her website Straight Up Food.  She also has a Facebook page where you can follow her at Straight Up Food on Facebook.  This recipe is not just meatless.  It’s dairy free, salt and oil free too.  It’s also packed full of collard greens which aid in cholesterol lowering, cancer prevention and are high in vitamin K,  vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, manganese, and calcium.  We’ll be making it again.  Please visit Straight Up Food here for the recipe!

Hoppin John with Avocado Cucumber Dressing by Cathy Fisher of Straight Up Food

I’m outta here!  It was a last minute decision, but I think it will prove to be a great one.  I was invited last minute to the Niche Mommy conference in New Orleans this week.  I’ve never been to New Orleans so I’m really looking forward to checking the French Quarter out.  My high school symbol was the fleur de lis (goes with my French loving theme well) so I decided to do a Fleur De Lis salad for my husband.  After all, he has to take care of the kids while I learn all kinds of new blogging techniques, social media tricks, hopefully improve my photographic skills and maybe have some good old fashioned girl fun while I’m away.  The salad is baby spinach and lettuce from the local organic farm.  On top is a heart of tempeh (fermented soybeans) which reminds me of a heavy barley.  Sliced mushrooms and fleur de lis cucumbers are also on the salad.  At the top left is quinoa salad with scallions, italian parsley, red and green peppers.  And at the top right are peach sections packed in his Easy LunchBox container.  Not shown is his ginger salad dressing.

I packed myself an Easy LunchBox for the trip today.  From the top left are dried mango pieces, pretzels and crackers for dipping.  In the small blue silicone cup is Eggless Salad by one of my favorite vegan chefs, Lindsay Nixon, better known as the Happy Herbivore.  Lindsay’s recipes are simple enough to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes, and yummy enough that they will become weekly staples in your house.  If you’re looking for meatless and/or dairy free recipes, I highly recommend purchasing her cookbooks.  I have 2 and a third pre-ordered from Amazon I like them so much!  Organic strawberry hearts mini almond butter sammies and Sabra hummus make up the rest of my lunch.

Hoping everyone has a fabulous weekend!

What does the mother of all these cute lunches eat?  The honest answer from most of us is nothing that cute.  My lunch usually consists of leftover fruit & vegetable scraps that I cut from the girls’ lunches and maybe a Larabar on the run.  I carry my CamelBak water bottle just about everywhere to stay hydrated, but my lunches could be a LOT better.  I pick my girls up at lunchtime.  They have eaten, but I am usually running like a mad woman to finish errands before I get them

Today I made myself something healthy & a bit more organized than normal.  I took a piece of Ezekiel bread, spread guacamole on it, sliced a baby cucumber and laid the pieces on top of the guac.  Then I cut 1 heirloom tomato in slices then quarters and laid those pieces on top.  A bit of fresh ground pepper on top, and lunch is served!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I was taking some pictures for a class to demonstrate how to make simple faces so I used the leftovers from last night to make Miss G’s lunch today. The hair ended up looking like a hockey helmet, but I am grateful that she’s 3 and doesn’t care!  The sandwich is on whole grain bread, crinkle cut carrot hair & mouth, Veggy “cheese eyes with cucumber pupils and a raisin nose stuck on with agave nectar.  Above the head is a pick of mini heirloom tomatoes and mini cucumber slices.  In the blue cup are dried cranberries and a strawberry on top.  Below in the red cup is a plum mouse with cucumber eyes & nose sitting on a bed of barley.  Miss G’s lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box We are still keeping with the meat and dairy free theme in our house, and the kids are adapting surprisingly well!

Little A gets a flowery lunch today.  She also has an almond butter and jam sandwich on whole grain with a cucumber slice in the middle.  She doesn’t eat cucumber, but I keep putting in new vegetables and fruits for her to try.  It can take up to 20 times for some children to decide they like and will eat a new food.  I just keep the quantities small so I’m not throwing out a lot of food.  The small green flower cup has dried cranberries in it and the large one has sliced plums and a sliced strawberry in it pack in her LunchBots Duo.  Both girls get ice water each day with their lunches.


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